In May of this year, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory warning of the urgent need to address the healthcare worker burnout crisis across the country.
However, this is not alerting us to something that healthcare professionals and organizations didn’t already know. It serves as an important reminder that a major challenge before the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much a critical challenge that needs to be addressed.
In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the pandemic increased healthcare worker burnout and exhaustion, and led to workforce shortages.
Additionally, we are seeing a rise in violent acts committed against healthcare professionals that is further increasing the severity of the issue.
Just as there is no singular cause of the burnout, there is also not one simple solution. The Surgeon General cites a number of actions that should be taken, including access to mental health services, a commitment to safety, building community and social
connections, and advocating for positive change.
While these are all good steps to take, it is important to not overlook the role clinical design can play in helping non-acute facilities reduce burnout and retain healthcare professionals. Especially how equipment design, workflows and technologies used
in this environment can help create a more positive point of care experience for caregivers.
Here are a few examples:
As these examples illustrate, clinical design has become a strategic component at the point of care, helping healthcare organizations place staff well-being and satisfaction at the same level of importance as clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, efficiency
Whether it’s equipment that feature ergonomic principles, technology that offers safety and less clicks or room configurations that deliver standardization and increased efficiency, the end result is a better care experience for caregivers.
For more information on how to create a better experience at the point of care for caregivers, read this Midmark white paper.